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Of life and death in Kashmir

Nov 1st, 2018 | By

By Sanna Irshad Mattoo When the black smoke settles down on a pile of debris, a layer of ash adds up on the remnants of memories. With each gunfight, fallen militant, funeral, a house turns into a mound of broken concrete and charcoal, underneath hiding years or decades of life. Slowly, within a few moments, remnants



Group of British MPs present report on Kashmir’s ‘human rights tragedy’

Nov 1st, 2018 | By

In a report presented to the UK Parliament, The All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) has condemned the Indian government for using “excessive force against Kashmiris and refusing to allow independent observes” from Britain to enter Jammu and Kashmir to monitor the true scale of the “human rights tragedy” there. Labour MP Chris Leslie, the chairman



Ten policemen resign in Jammu and Kashmir in two days after fresh wave of attacks on cops

Oct 30th, 2018 | By

On 31 November last year, security forces zeroed in on the village of Futlipora minutes after four militants entered into a house for hiding. After long gun battle, which started in the evening and continued till the next day afternoon, three militants were killed while one managed to escape. But, Mohammad Lateef Bhat, a resident



In Kashmir, Indian Forces Security Searches Lead to Sexual Abuse

Aug 15th, 2018 | By

India’s renewed Cordon and Search Operations are proving a nightmare for Kashmir’s women. By Qadri Inzamam Zareena (name changed on request) remembers every detail of that evening: “There was a commotion outside. A group of policemen made their way into the lawn and started kicking and breaking whatever their eyes fell on. We were looking



India’s Modi may spark more violence in Kashmir with intensified strategy

Jul 6th, 2018 | By

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may intensify a crackdown on militants in Kashmir, which risks more violence. His recent actions, including ending an alliance with a regional political party, could trigger more aggressive policies in the troubled area that could incite backlash from locals. The United Nations has accused India of widespread human rights violations



Reporters assaulted by paramilitary officers in India Kashmir

Jun 6th, 2018 | By

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir state should identify and punish the officers who assaulted freelance reporter Muheet ul Islam, and allow journalists to do their jobs without fear of retaliation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officers from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), a paramilitary group, at approximately 11 a.m. on June 2



Kashmir civilian protester crushed by military vehicle

Jun 6th, 2018 | By

At least three fighters and one civilian have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir. It happened in the city of Srinagar as demonstrators tried to stop security forces from arresting separatist fighters. The death of the protester came amid increasing tension and violence in the region that has killed more than a dozen people.



Kashmir’s award-winning tormentor

Jun 6th, 2018 | By

In India today, those who torture in Kashmir are held in high esteem. by Mirza Waheed An ordinary man was tortured in Kashmir in April last year. He was beaten, strapped with ropes to the front of a military vehicle and a cardboard placard was forced on his chest. He was then paraded as a



People sacrificing lives for dignified Kashmir solution: Waza

Jun 6th, 2018 | By

In occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, has said that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and the Kashmiri people are sacrificing their lives for a dignified solution to the dispute. Mukhtar Ahmed Waza while addressing a public gathering at Ashmuqam in Islamabad district said, neither New Delhi nor can



Mass Uprising in Kashmir

Jun 6th, 2018 | By

By Seema Mustafa If what is happening currently in Kashmir is seen as anything short of a mass uprising then New Delhi is clearly deluding itself. The hard and angry actions by the Indian Army that has seen large scale human rights violations in the Valley has not quelled the protests but indeed intensified these.